JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
My greatest thought is my accountability to God.
The Judgment seat "is meant for us professing Christians, real and imperfect
Christians; and it tells us that there are degrees in that future blessedness proportioned
to present faithfulness."
Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910.
It is Christians only who are in view here. All that we have hidden shall be revealed.
The things we have done in the body will come back to us, whether good or bad. Every pious
thought, and every thought of sin; every secret prayer, and every secret curse; every
unknown deed of charity, and every hidden deed of selfishness; we will see them all again,
and though we have not remembered them for years, and perhaps have forgotten them
altogether, we shall have to acknowledge that they are our own. Is not that a solemn thing
to stand at the end of life?
James Denney, 1856-1917.
Commentary and Devotional
Bema (judgment seat) in secular usage had four meanings:
1. One's stride, or manner of walking (which reveals character).
2. A platform for a public official (cf. Acts 25:6, 10, 17).
3. A "rewards platform" in sporting contests. Because of this meaning, some
claim, the "bema" is only a place for rewards--not judgment. But in secular legal
contexts it also denotes
4. the place where litigants stood for trial. Paul repeatedly stressed this meaning; Acts
25:10, Romans 14:12.
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